Tagged With "Library"

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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting. I have no idea why I never visited when I lived in DC. I must rectifythe situation. Your piece has tempted me.
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PHeymont ·
Quite possibly for the same reason I've missed so many NYC spots...I lived for three years two blocks from the Washington Heights campus that includes the Hispanic Society Museum, the Audubon Museum and at that time the Museum of the American Indian. I always planned to go "some weekend soon..." I didn't go to the Library of Congress when I lived in the area in the early 60s; our visit earlier this month came about because a Catalan friend of ours who teaches in NY had taken her visiting...
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PortMoresby ·
I have been there, I'm now reluctant to admit, used the library for some research. I obviously failed to look up. Recognizing the era of the decoration, I guess, is something, but a lesson in not drawing too many conclusions. I obviously need to go back and pay attention to the building, as well as the contents.
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

Travel Rob ·
PortMoresby- I've done that a few times now,not recognizing the Pic of The Day I've already been to. So I'm definitely going to take more photos from now on to see what else I'm missing or forgetting
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Re: The Library of Congress: Where Gumbo Was (#65)

PortMoresby ·
Rob, I think I miss more when I'm taking pictures. It's a dilemma, see it, or take the pictures, It seems I cannot do both at the same time.
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

Andre Pur ·
Amazing Library, very inspiring, if i would go to college there i will be at library every day ( at my college i go to library only at the end of the semester )
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Andre. It is a great library, but like many college students those at Trinity College like to party as much as study, so you'll likely not see them there much before the end of the semester either. What you might find even more amazing is that every student has the right to sign out any of those books (with the exception of the ancient ones like the Book of Kells). Despite how historic it looks, it is still a university library for students.
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Re: Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

Travel Rob ·
I thought it looked like a newer building but I love the design!
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Re: Gallery: A Beautiful Building in Bangkok

PHeymont ·
Even the furniture is lovely...and I'm glad to see they have not abandoned their card catalog. I love computer searches, but I would never want to lose years and years of librarians' and patrons' notes on those cards...
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Re: Gallery: A Beautiful Building in Bangkok

DrFumblefinger ·
What an elegant building. Like stepping back in time 100 years! Thanks for sharing this special place with everyone!
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

PortMoresby ·
And I thought you weren't a fan of "best of" lists, DrF. There are as many of these lists as there are opinions, I think. Here's another: http://www.miragebookmark.ch/m...esting-libraries.htm I think the Bodleian in Oxford may be my favorite, not because of the Radcliffe Camera, shown, but the interior of the old library proper, which can be seen on tours. It isn't as ostentatious as some on the list, but it's ancient and intimate, which appeals to me infinitely more than huge open spaces...
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
Technically speaking, it's not a "best of..." but a "world's most stunning" list. I understand I may be splitting hairs with that argument. In any event, one needs to make an exception for really valuable lists, like libraries or books. There's something special about a great book and a great bookshop. The smells, the textures, the visual stimulation -- always work wonders for me. Thanks for these additions.
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

Travel Rob ·
I love going to libraries too. Manchester England has two of my favorites Chetham's Library, in the School of Music and John Rylands Library. Chetham's Library, in the School of Music http://www.chethams.org.uk/ John Rylands Library. http://www.library.manchester....venir-Guide-TEXT.pdf
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

Xenophile ·
I'm a fan of the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was designed to be a cathedral to Science, and in addition to the states of the muses shown below there are others of great thinkers such as Issac Newton, Johannes Gutenberg and Charles Darwin. Exterior At Night: Some of the statues on the outside: Interior: Stairway:
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
A followup to attractive libraries are great bookstores. Fodors just released 16 of their favorites in the USA, which you can find here . I've visited a number of these and enjoyed them. I would like to add two other stores that I know of. 1) Univ. of Washington bookstore. While mostly a student store aimed at textbooks and supplies and such, it has an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction as well as frequent author readings and book signings. 2) Auntie's books in Spokane,...
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Re: World's most attractive libraries

seanmiller ·
At first these were shot by film. These are definitely great shots! I have plans in buying an action camera to start with my photography hobby. These are great subject to start with.
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Re: Boston Public Library (Where Gumbo was #150)

Travel Rob ·
What an amazing library! I look forward to seeing it. It is amazing how many of us love libraries. So far,my two favorites are both in Manchester, England.
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Re: Boston Public Library (Where Gumbo was #150)

GarryRF ·
And lets not forget Melvil Dewey - a Librarian in the North-East USA who invented the Dewey Decimal System (1876) which is now used in more than 135 Countries ! A wonderful collection of photo's. Love architecture.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! The Huntington is one of my favorite places in the LA area and also pretty close to another one of my favorite spots ther , the beautiful racetrack, Santa Anita. As far as smog goes in LA , it really has gotten a lot better since I was a kid but still can be a shock to people.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

GarryRF ·
Smog in LA ? It doesn't mention that in the travel guides !
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

DrFumblefinger ·
Did you catch Gainsborough's PINKY and BLUE BOY? Among my favorites at the Huntington. I haven't visited the Huntington in about 15 years but when we lived in the LA area we would try to stop by at least once every few years.
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Re: The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

GarryRF ·
Once again - an excellent introduction to the Gardens and Museums of America. Loved the photo's too. Must have taken some time putting them all together. Thank you.
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Re: Library of Parliament, Ottawa (Where Gumbo Was #206)

GarryRF ·
Now that's what I call Architecture. Beautiful building with an amazing wooden floor too. I could spend days just admiring the skill of the artisan. Enjoyable journey just finding the answer ! Thanks
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Re: A Day in Oxford

DrFumblefinger ·
I really need to get to Oxford soon! Thanks for the great post.
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Re: A Day in Oxford

PHeymont ·
What an amazing visit! I spent a day in Oxford once, I thought, but now it appears I missed almost everything but Blackwell's...
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Re: A Day in Oxford

Roderick Simpson ·
My thanks also for a great post. For a few years I used to go to Oxford twice a year to give a course. Once this was held at Wadham College, and I enclose a few pictures.
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Re: A Day in Oxford

PortMoresby ·
Especially love the interiors and another beautiful uncomfortable choir. Thanks.
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Re: A Day in Oxford

GarryRF ·
A wonderful collection of photos. Great insight on what makes Oxford unique.
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Re: Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

GarryRF ·
I could go into the Rose Room and lay on my back just admiring that amazing ceiling. A wonderful work of art.
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Re: Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for bringing back special memories of a great place. I love libraries, and this is one of the greatest I've ever visited. Nice post and great photos, Samantha, thanks!
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Re: Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

Samantha ·
Thanks guys. I loved all of New York, but this was very special. The ceilings reminded me of the ceilings you see in Europe. Sadly some people probably don't notice unless someone points it out Like I said in the post, it was the only time I felt like I was able to relax, breathe, and take in my surroundings. Definitely look forward to visiting again. Thanks again for you comments.
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Re: Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

GarryRF ·
You'd love the architecture in this building Samantha - St Georges Hall Liverpool England. I worked here for a few years.
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Re: Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the new perspective! I live in New York and have worked in that library many times over the years (including in days when it wasn't so well-kept), but you've still given me a fresh view of the building itself!
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Re: Lost & Found: Letter from Columbus

GarryRF ·
That's going to be a huge fine for a late Library return.
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Re: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Where Gumbo Was #160)

GarryRF ·
Looks like an oasis of culture in a big city. I love to see markets and open spaces where people can meet and chat. Puts the heart back in the community. A real mixture of photos that took me a while to guess what country I was in. A good challenge to the WITW is Gumbo fans. Maybe a passing similarity ?..
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Re: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Where Gumbo Was #160)

PHeymont ·
Yes...let's see who gets this one! Like the Gumbo piece I did once on copies all over the world of the Statue of Liberty , that Roman Arch theme is everywhere!
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Re: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn (Where Gumbo Was #160)

GarryRF ·
You can try if you wish Paul, but I've got no other pictures to add to it !
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 6, 2013: The Brooklyn Museum...and Neighbors

PHeymont ·
Here’s the Brooklyn Museum, in a night view that has the dramatic lighting of a linen-era postcard. The museum is a world-class collection that doesn't get noticed as much as it should because it lives in the shadow of Manhattan’s...
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Gallery: A Beautiful Building in Bangkok

PortMoresby ·
On a quiet side street in the Silom district of this dynamic Southeast Asian capital is a peaceful oasis which, after a number of visits to the city, I only found by accident.  I’d booked a room in a hotel, the only redeeming quality of...
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Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting historic Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Through the trees (top photo) he saw the college's bell-tower (Campanile), better seen in the second photo.   The  Campanile  is one of Dublin's iconic...
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The Huntington, Los Angeles (Where Gumbo Was)

PHeymont ·
At once one of the world's great botanical gardens, a great art museum, and an outstanding research library...it's hard to call it more than just "The Huntington."
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World's most attractive libraries

DrFumblefinger ·
Many of us are very fond of visiting beautiful libraries during our travels, present company included.   Fodors just released a slide show of 20 its favorites which I think is worth a look.  You can find it at this link .
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March 14, 2016: The Pomodoro Sphere, Trinity College, Dublin

DrFumblefinger ·
Today's Pic of the Day features the Pomodoro Sphere at Dublin's Trinity College
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Lost & Found: Letter from Columbus

PHeymont ·
A long-missing letter from Columbus, stolen from a Library in Florence, has been traced to the Library of Congress and returned to Italy.
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Boston Public Library (Where Gumbo was #150)

DrFumblefinger ·
Boston's Central Library is one of the largest and most beautiful in the country. Explore its charms with us....
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Stephen A. Schwarzman New York Public Library, Manhattan

Samantha ·
Not just a huge collection of books: Samantha shows us that the main research branch of the New York Public Library is worth a visit for the building itself.
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Galle Face Hotel's Library and Museum

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares two new features in one of his favorite hotels, namely its very fine Library and Museum.
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City Library, Pristina, Kosovo (Where Gumbo was #242)

Lestertheinvestor ·
LestertheInvestor shares some of the interesting architectural features of the library in the new nation's capital.
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Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

PHeymont ·
It was easy for guessers to mistake Chicago's central library building, named for the late Mayor, for a rail station or a public market, and to place it in Paris, Barcelona or Belgium. As a post-modernist building, it incorporates bits of the style...
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